Well I never thought that I would be writing this newsletter introduction under such circumstances!
There is no doubt that we are living through a period that will be significant in history. Scholars will be studying this for exams in years to come and recalling how each one us experienced different things and dealt with it in different ways.
Over two thousand years ago a group of people were also experiencing history in the making, and we have their different accounts and views in the four gospels .
This Sunday is Palm Sunday, the beginning of what we Christians know as Holy Week. It is the lead up to Easter Sunday when we celebrate the account on what our faith is based - the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
The worldly sign of Easter is an egg and children will be eating their chocolate versions. But when a chick is ready to live in the big wide world it has to crack the eggshell before it can come out. What does that tell us? Sometimes we want to hang on to things just as they are. We don’t want to change, even if change in our lives may be for the better. God is calling us out of our shells into a whole new different way of living. It is a life of trusting in God in everything we do and say. It might mean that habits and fears may need to be broken, just like the egg shell.
The good news of Easter is that Jesus has already broken through death and sin, so if we hold on to Him, He can bring us through the shell breaking and out into the light and space of day.
Rev. Sue Deacon (Local Minister)
PS - Don't forget it's 'Thank You Thursday' today when we are invited to go to our front doors at 8pm this evening and give a hearty round of applause for our wonderful NHS staff . Please be encouraged to share the newsletter with your friends and family
Covid 19 Update 3
We are still monitoring The Government Advice and that of The Church of England and Lincoln Diocese and we have taken action on it. It's a week now since our last update and things have been happening:
The Scampton Village self help Facebook group we set up now has 68 members and is a platform for the community to share information and offer help to others. Only yesterday The Dambusters Inn posted that they have now arranged for vegetables to be delivered direct to your door. You can view what is available HERE. Thanks go to Ursula Lambert for initialising the door to door deliveries by Fosters butchers. You can see what Fosters offer HERE. Also Dave's Daily Bread initiative raised £79.73 plus gift aid for the Lincoln University/NHS face mask project. Well done Dave.
You can access the Scampton Village Facebook Group HERE
Scampton Church daily reflections page is up and running and will be regularly updated by John Beverley. You can access it HERE
A big thank you to those people who added to the 17 tins of food in the 'Bring a Tin' box which is in the church porch. In one day the 17 tins suddenly increased to over 60! This crucial food has now gone to needy families. If you are out exercising and passing church why not put a tin in your pocket and drop it into the box in the church porch. Sadly the church building still remains locked on advice from the diocese.
We couldn't let Easter go by without somehow creating our Family Services. We cannot stream video from our church building so we have decided to become less technophobic and have a go at making a short Family Service video for Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. (Don't expect a Spielberg classic!) I will lead it and there will be prayers by Chris and a song by Lynn and Bill. I am sure that Pete the Puppet will make an appearance as well!
The videos will be available to view online at www.scamptonchurch.org/easter from 10.15am on Sunday 5th April (Palm Sunday) and Sunday 12th April (Easter Sunday). Looking forward to seeing you all then. Sue
RAF Stained Glass Window - Update
The RAF Aerobatic Team have been very supportive and donated a VIP day with them to be auctioned. The auction took place at The Dambusters Inn and raised an incredible £2,900. Sadly the VIP day was postponed due to the current pandemic crisis; however the successful bidder has said the funds should remain with the project, and he will attend the day with The Red Arrows when it is rearranged. Thanks go to Greg and Steve at The Dambusters for arranging the evening.
The order for the window has now been placed with the designers, who will start to create the templates; however due to the ongoing crisis the supplier of the high-grade glass required for the window has temporarily closed and so the completion date of October 2020 may now have to be adjusted. We are hopeful that the window will be installed by Remembrance Day this year but we are in the hands of the glass suppliers and the designers.Wouldn't it be wonderful to have this meaningful tribute installed at the end of this awful crisis we are in.
We will continue to raise funds to cover overheads, and for the associated children’s aviation art, history and remembrance project to be held in Scampton’s two local primary schools, through our Grand Aviation Raffle. The VE 75 celebrations in the village have also now been postponed or cancelled due to the crisis. This was to be one of our main outlet for ticket sales. Also grant applications for the children's art and remembrance project have been rejected three times by the Arts Council Heritage Fund, The Blue Spark Children's Art Fund, and I have just heard that our application to the Bishop of Lincolns Transformation Fund has been rejected also. One can but try!
The raffle is now our last opportunity to raise the funds for the children's project, so if you could share the website with your friends that would be really helpful.
All of the iconic glass panels have now been sponsored, which is great news. If you wish to sponsor a numbered panel of glass then contact email@example.com
All sponsors are invited to write a short dedication which will be entered into the leather bound commemorative book which will sit on an oak shelf beneath the window.
Cleaning team for this month
No cleaning this month as church closed.
A new rota will be issued in due course.
The church's weekly lottery scheme directly supports Scampton community initiatives, like the Scampton 'VE Day' 75th anniversary celebrations.
Recent beneficiaries include the village defibrillator fund, the Queens 90th birthday celebrations in the village, and the church roof fund.
Entry to the draw costs £9 per month paid quarterly in advance by standing order.
Monthly lottery prizes are usually drawn on the fourth Sunday each month, with all draws being independently drawn and witnessed. Prize money is paid electronically into the bank account of the winning ticket holder.
Winning ticket numbers and names are published in this newsletter, on the church website and notice board, and in the Village Venture magazine.
You have to be in it to win it - contact us for an entry form - GOOD LUCK
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